You’ve probably heard of Abraham. He’s the founding Father for three of the world’s major religions: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. If you grew up in the church and attended Sunday School, you may have even sung about how, “Father Abraham had many sons, and many sons had Father Abraham.” He’s one of the most well-known people in the Bible. And for good reason, too. It was through this old, childless man and his barren wife that God decided to create a people for Himself.
Abraham is an example to us about having faith in God, but he is by no means perfect. He had his flounderings and failings. Abraham is just a normal, simple, everyday kind of guy. He’s no strong and mighty hero, he’s just a man that God graciously chose to bless and use for His purposes.
At the end of the day, the story we are about to hear isn’t so much about Abraham, it is about the God who called him. It’s clear that Abe is just like you and me.
He isn’t the hero of his own story, God is.
Why is God testing Abraham? What are the two things that Andy mentions that Abraham learns in this passage?What are the differences in how Abraham responds to God now versus how he responded to God previously?
What can we apply to our lives from what Abraham learned?
Read Genesis 12:10-20 and then read Genesis 20:1-18. What is similar in these passages? What is different?
Why do you think Abraham used the same tactic in Genesis 20 (calling his wife his sister) with Abimelech that he used with Pharaoh in Genesis 12? What was motivating him? Why didn’t he learn the lesson the first time around?
What are some perpetual sins that Christians tend to struggle with? What advice would you give to those struggling with those sins regarding how to avoid them? Why do we struggle so much with committing the same sins over and over again?
In Genesis 18:25, Abraham asks God, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” How was God just in destroying Sodom?
In Genesis 13:12, Lot is enticed by the city of Sodom and moves his tents as far as the wicked city. Before long, he conforms and becomes a local and we see him conducting business at the city gates (19:1). Sin has a way of luring us in and blinding us to its power. What is an example from your context where sin lures in and destroys lives?